ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A major wreck involving an 18-wheeler, truck, trailer, and another vehicle backed traffic on I-20 east of Abilene Wednesday evening.
Around 5:00 p.m., reports flooded 9-1-1 about a trailer on fire near exit 294 towards Clyde. After, it was reported that several other vehicles were involved. That trailer was hauling a manufactured building.
Texas DPS told KTAB/KRBC four vehicles total were involved in Wednesday evening’s crash.
A pickup truck was reportedly towing a flatbed trailer with an oversized load slowed down in the traffic lane as the driver approached the overpass – heading west on I-20. The load the pickup truck was hauling ended up being too tall to fit under the overpass. The driver slowed down, but still hit the structure.
Following the oversized load, also going west on I-20, was a truck tractor towing a manufactured home. DPS said the driver was unable to control their speed, and hit the trailer in front of them. As a result, the truck tractor traveled through the center median and into the cable barrier, then entered the eastbound lanes of I-20.
As the truck with the manufactured home exited the center median, a driver in a passenger vehicle was unable to avoid the truck, hitting the cable barrier and was dragged by the semi-truck into the eastbound lane. This passenger vehicle then overturned. After, the truck towing the manufactured home hit a pickup truck traveling east on I-20.
In the vehicle with the oversized load, the passenger and driver were uninjured. The semi-truck hauling the manufactured home, the driver was uninjured. The driver in the passenger car traveling east sustained minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. The driver of the pickup was also uninjured.
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According to Drive Texas, authorities advised drivers to exit before 294 at Buck Creek Road. This wreckage was not expected to be cleaned up before 10:00 Wednesday night.
In attendance were units from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Clyde Police and Fire Departments, Clyde Citizens EMS, and Callahan County Sheriff’s Office.
Traffic was backed up on both sides of the interstate. BigCountryHomepage.com will update this article as new information becomes available.